For a while at work (well, since last summer, actually), I’ve been thinking that while we do a lot to get our “regular” audience into the store (upper-middle class, older, white people), we don’t do a whole lot for the younger crowd. (We actually do very little for the 18-30 somethings, but since I’m not really interested in them — yet — I’m not making that my problem.) We have a storytime for infant-preschool on Tuesday mornings, and the woman who does that is fabulous with them.
But for the elementary school/middle school bunch? Nothing.
So, I’ve decided to start a book group — well, two, actually — for them. I was thinking on doing it one Saturday a month, trying it out for the summer months to see if it catches. And having one group for 3-5th graders and another for 6-8th. Parents would be allowed to come in the former, not in the latter. But aside from that, I’ve got no ideas.
So here is my plea, librarians: what do I do?? How do I go about picking a book? Leading a discussion?? And parents: what do you want to see in a bookgroup? Is this even something I should be trying? This isn’t totally outside of my comfort zone, but I do feel a bit lost and can use some advice.
At the very least, help me with this: I have no idea what to call the book group. (The groups at the store all have names like “Classic Book Club” and “Longitude Book Club” and “Chick Lit Book Club” and all I have so far is “3-5th Grade Book Club” which works but isn’t terribly appealing.) Can you at least suggest a name?